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Your brain injury may be delayed and cause secondary injuries

When you hit your head, your brain may suffer an injury. Inside your head, your brain may crash against your skull. With a hard enough impact, it could hit twice, once in either direction (this is called a counter blow).

Immediately following that blow to the head, you may pass out. Sometimes, you may feel a little disoriented but otherwise fine. Unfortunately, with traumatic injuries like this, you may find that your symptoms are delayed and come on quickly once they start.

A trench collapse could kill: Here's how to avoid one

As a construction worker, something that you worry about is the risk of a trench collapsing. You're often working in precarious positions, but you've been assured that everything that can be done to protect you is being done.

Avoiding a trench collapse is a must for people who are working in or around a trench. If the trench collapses, it could cause crushing injuries to workers or worse. There are ways to prevent a trench collapse, though.

What is a crush injury? Is it dangerous?

You were working hard on a project when a co-worker suddenly shouted out. When you looked up, you saw a large object they were working with falling toward you. You didn't have any time to move.

Unfortunately, it was so heavy that you were pinned beneath it. Co-workers wanted to move it, but you told them to wait for the emergency medical team, because you could be in more danger if it was moved. Once the EMTs arrived, they told you that you had a crush injury and would need to be carefully moved and hospitalized.

Motorcyclist flown to hospital after serious crash with vehicle

As the weather warms up, it's going to be more common to see motorcyclists on the roads. For the most part, passenger vehicle drivers and motorcyclists do fine together. Unfortunately, drivers who don't see motorcyclists can pull out in front of them or make mistakes that put the motorcyclists' lives at risk.

Take for example a situation like the recent one in Clark. The local fire department had to create a landing zone for a medical helicopter at the scene of a motorcycle-versus-car collision near to Mother Seton Regional High School. The crash had been severe, and a 58-year-old motorcyclist was badly injured. He had to be flown to Newark's University Hospital. Another person involved, a 47-year-old woman, was not injured.

Brain bleeds: Here's what you should know

There are many kinds of traumatic brain injuries, but one that needs immediate care is a brain bleed. When the brain is bleeding, pressure builds up inside the skull. There is a real risk that further damage could occur as the room inside the skull is limited and pressure is placed on the brain.

A brain bleed, also known as a brain hemorrhage, can be deadly. The speed at which the blood flows into the skull, the swelling of the brain as well as other factors play a role in how serious the condition is. When the brain is bleeding, the normal flow of oxygen is also impaired, which can lead to a stroke.

Mass notification can help employers warn workers of dangers

Employers in New Jersey and across the United States each have a duty of care to provide their employees with a safe work environment. A critical aspect of a safe work environment is being able to alert employees should a situation arise. Communicating effectively with employees has its challenges. Employers with a large number of employees or a large workplace might find it difficult to reach everyone in a sufficient time frame.

Effective workplace communication relies on two key factors: speed and reach. Messages must get out quickly to warn employees of dangerous conditions that could lead to workplace accidents. Second, messages must reach 100% of employees so that everyone stays safe. If employers are only using one form of communication, such as email, it might not reach those who only check their email once a day. Adding too many alert systems, however, slows the time it takes to get the messages out.

Medication errors pose health risk for patients

When Minnesota residents Minnesota seek medical help, they expect to receive the right medication for their illness. On any given week, four-fifths of adults in the United States use a prescription medicine, over-the-counter option or a natural substitute, while 33% take five or more different medicines at the same time. When people take multiple drugs, they are more likely to suffer adverse events or side effects. In some cases, people may face severe injuries or life-threatening complications as a result of adverse drug interactions or mistaken prescriptions. This may be especially dangerous when doctors and pharmacies fail to carry out their responsibilities to protect their patients against dangerous drug interactions.

In some cases, doctors may be unaware that patients are taking other medications, but in other cases, they do not check to confirm that people are receiving multiple drugs or determine how they may interact with one another. In other cases, people may receive an incorrect dose of what would otherwise be a correct prescription. Children may be especially vulnerable to this type of dosage error because of the reduced doses they require.

Report shows how supervisors help establish safety culture

A new report from Dodge Data & Analytics shows that construction contractors are becoming more focused on job site safety and that they are looking to their supervisors and job site workers to promote safety. Residents of New Jersey should know that contractors singled out four factors as being essential to a safety program; all four relate to supervisors or job site workers.

First, 84% of contractors believe job site workers must be involved in the program. Eighty-three percent believe that supervisors should have strong leadership skills for the program to work. Eighty-two percent say the two groups should hold regular safety meetings. Lastly, 77% assert that both groups should have continual access to safety training.

Cancers, vascular issues and infections commonly misdiagnosed

Medical mistakes are a top cause of injury and death for hospital patients in New Jersey and across the United States. According to a new study, most of these mistakes occur during the diagnostic phase of medical care and take place in three main disease categories.

For the study, which was published in the journal Diagnosis, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore examined data from over 11,000 U.S. malpractice cases and grouped all misdiagnosis incidents involving similar conditions into general medical categories. For example, there are dozens of different diagnosis codes for heart attacks and strokes, and the study placed them all into a category called "vascular events." The authors of the study think it is the first time that misdiagnosis incidents have been organized this way.

Workplace risks for craft brewery employees

As craft brewing has become an increasingly popular industry and hobby in New Jersey and across the country, brewery workers may face increased risk on the jobs. There are certain types of risks that can be particularly common at craft breweries, especially those started by beer hobbyists who have started to make their craft into a profitable business. Business owners have a responsibility to follow federal workplace safety guidelines; when they fail to do so, workers could face serious injuries due to accidents.

One of the most common risks of workplace accidents or injuries at a brewery is a failure to make confined spaces safe. Fermenters, kettles and other equipment often must be repaired or maintained in confined spaces that are not designed for continuous occupancy. In some cases, employees must receive an entry permit before beginning work in these spaces. Businesses must have an emergency rescue plan and monitor the atmosphere inside confined areas to ensure that they remain safe for workers to maintain the equipment. In other cases, breweries may frequently require workers to lift heavy objects like full kegs or sacks of grain. While heavy lifting can be a part of many jobs, it can also lead to serious back injuries, especially if workers do not have access to proper training or safety equipment.

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